The purge has begun.
The Air Force has started to discharge service members who have refused to take the COVID vaccine.
So far, 27 Airmen have been sent packing in what will amount to be tens of thousands of service members losing their jobs.
And So It Begins
The Air Force has one of the earlier deadlines to be met to be fully vaccinated.
Airmen had until November 2 to get the vaccine or risk being discharged.
The Pentagon is making good on its threat, starting the separation process with these more than two dozen airmen.
According to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek, the service members that have been discharged so far are all first-term members.
The Air Force will not reveal what type of discharge these service members have been given, but the hope is that it will not be a dishonorable discharge, which Joe Biden has already stated that he supports.
If that were to be the case, it would be akin to these service members committing a felony that would follow them around for the rest of their lives.
Currently, there is legislation stuck in Congress to ensure, at worst, these service members get a general discharge under honorable conditions, which would preserve their benefits.
None of these members were reportedly seeking an exemption.
So far, there are almost 6,000 airmen who have refused the vaccine.
That amounts to some 4,700 that have applied for an exemption and 1,000 who just flat-out refused to take it.
These are some of the lower numbers we have seen in all the branches, as we expect the most significant impacts to be in the Navy and Army, especially among special forces troops.
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Source: New York Post